Woman hit by tanker in central city

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash which has left a 25-year-old Dunedin student fighting for her life.

The female pedestrian sustained life threatening injuries after being struck by a petrol tanker with trailer in central Dunedin this morning.

Emergency services were called to the corner of Frederick and Castle St, following reports a pedestrian had been hit by an Allied Petroleum tanker and trailer at 8.25am.

Senior Sergeant Mark Crawford, of Dunedin, said the petrol tanker was travelling west on Frederick St and turning south into Castle St.

The vehicle then struck the pedestrian when she was at the crossing, he said.

The woman received critical injuries and was taken to Dunedin Hospital.

The incident was attended by emergency services, including the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and police photography.

A diversion around Frederick St was lifted at noon.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said fire appliances were sent to the scene as a precaution.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and had not been spoken to by police was urged to contact Dunedin Police on 471-4800.

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